BUFFALO -- When the Bruins put out their initial rookie camp roster in early August, Anders Bjork was at the top of the list.
Then this week when the Bruins rookies reported to Warrior Ice Arena and then flew here for the Prospects Challenge this weekend, Bjork's name disappeared and he hasn't been a part of the Bruins rookie team.
Bjork's absence could've been a sign of a setback in his recovery from Feb. 20 left shoulder surgery, but Bruins general manager Don Sweeney confirmed to me that Bjork is still on the right path to an on-time return. It's just that after attending a camp at Notre Dame last month, Bjork didn't feel that he was ready for game action conditioning-wise considering he's had a long recovery and hasn't played a game since Jan. 30.
Bjork's surgeons said the 22-year-old's shoulder responded well to the procedure, and then he progressed well over the summer. The initial prognosis was for a six-month recovery and the Bruins had hoped to get the left wing into game action as soon as possible. The new goal is to have Bjork, who's skating every day, ready for early exhibition games as part of the Bruins group that's not traveling to China. The Bruins' first preseason game in North America is Sept. 16 against the Washington Capitals at TD Garden.
Bjork had 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in 30 games a NHL rookie last season.